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#1631 of 6400 2002 explorer...wait a few more years to buy
Oct 07, 2002 (6:19 pm)
I purchased a 2002 Ford Explorer, XLT 4x4 with leather interior, in Mar,2001, from Shelor Ford,in Christiansburg, Va. The dealer has had the vehicle for 44 days for warranty work. They don't seem to be able to fix things the first time, if they ever do get it fixed. They are unaware of technical service bulletins...(I had to go to this website where someone made me aware that a "TSB" was issued for my transmission problem. They fixed that problem with the info. I gave them. Still having problems with transmission after two repairs. I wrote the President of Ford...received a call from a secretary in his office...said she would call the dealership...she did...nothing happened...after time and more calls, said that they have little control over the dealerships. On salesmen's promises and representations - Service manager said " they can't be held to what salemen tell or promise the customer". I called Larry Shelor, President of the dealership...Received a call back from a "Customer Service" Rep. Said that Mr. Shelor would not speak with me "he is a very busy man". She acknowledged that the file showed that my explorer had quite a number of problems and warranty repair visits. She finally suggested that I "may want to go to another dealership for warranty work" There are other issues... if anyone is interested, post a message...
#1632 of 6400 re: 2002 explorer
Oct 07, 2002 (9:36 pm)
They don't seem to be able to fix things the first time, if they ever do get it fixed.
I am sorry to hear of your troubles with the dealer. How about taking a short drive up to Blacksburg where I expect you'll find better service and competence.
SUVs; Aftermarket & Accessories
Oct 08, 2002 (11:21 am)
no, a neon bulb that glows orange, like on the end of a two-wire two-dollar power tester. by the induced voltage effect, a neon bulb will glow as spark voltage goes past it on the wire if it's high enough. if there is a break in the carbon conductor and a little dinky spark bridges it inside the wire jacket, that generates a point source of radio frequency energy, and that is almost always strong enough to light off the neon gas inside a neon bulb. it helps that the two vertical electrodes are coated for a reliable trigger of around 55 volts.
fluorescent bulbs are not sensitive enough to show this, and the phosphor also absorbs enough energy that you won't see the effect. fluorescents depend on mercury vapor gas to light, and there is no pre-heat charge in this application to vaporize enough mercury to conduct in the first place across the uncoated electrode pins in the ends.
Oct 08, 2002 (6:13 pm)
Hey swschrad, send me a picture of this little devil, if you can!
#1636 of 6400 Maintenance Questions
Oct 11, 2002 (7:45 am)
Hi all. Quiet in here, so I will pose the following questions. I'm planning on keeping my 2000 XLS for a while. In addition to purchasing the Ford Premium Care ESP in the next month or so, I was wondering about some of the following as in my younger days, I got 2 Explorers and dumped them with less than 30000 on either one...
1 - Tires - Currently riding on Michelin Cross Terrain SUV, they have about 21000 miles on them. They are, OK, were a noticeable improvement over the Wilderness. How long do you think these will last?
2 - Brakes - 27000 miles on the truck, all original equipment. I do a good mix of driving, and I'm not hard on them at all. How long until they go, and I would assume front would go first.
3 - Shocks - Not having any problems in terms of durability, but when they do go, I would like to upgrade to something that helps hold the road better on turns with bumpy roads (I'm sure all 2001 and before drivers know of the skipping rear end) Any thoughts?
#1637 of 6400 changing rear/front diff fluid
Oct 12, 2002 (7:51 pm)
I'm due to change these two things & would like to get to it before the winter. How hard is it to change the fluid in both differentials? & what should I go with synth or regular. I own a '96 explorer for little over 2 years with 114K on it & believe it is the orig fluid. It's due. Thanks in advance,
#1638 of 6400 njdevilsrn
Oct 13, 2002 (1:35 pm)
My breaks lasted 40k on my 98. Replaced the shocks at about the same time with edelbrock IAS and have been very happy with them. Billstiens are good as well...so I hear. No idea on the tires. Im getting Michellin ATX/AT's (I do some off roading...)
never had a skipping rear end.
#1639 of 6400 re: changing rear/front diff fluid
Oct 14, 2002 (7:56 am)
i also have a 96 Explorere and changed the differential fluid at 121k in Feb. Considering your mileage and the fact that the regular differential fluid last 114k miles, I woud just use the normal fluid. Save our money for something else.
Oct 14, 2002 (3:51 pm)
Thanks for the input. I think I 'll stay with the norm. I agree on saving $$ for something else.